Postmodernism and Public Policy / Edition 1

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Develops a naturalistic postmodern perspective to make constructive proposals about a wide range of topics now in public discussion.
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“Written with the confidence of a master, the book generates a gravitational force field all its own: at once humble in its tone and stunning in its sweep.” — Catherine Keller, author of Apocalypse Now and Then: A Feminist Guide to the End of the World

“Postmodernism is not just an intellectual development; it is a cultural reality making it very difficult to address social issues that require system change and not just cultural criticism. Cobb addresses this in a creative way.” — Warren Copeland, Wittenberg University

Arguing that the reframing of Christianity within the system of a "constructive postmodernism," best articulated by Alfred North Whitehead, can and should lead to a theology that can usefully address matters of public policy, Cobb (Claremont School of Theology) discusses where such a philosophy leads. Clearly drawing a line between his philosophy and "deconstructive postmodernism," he argues that it necessary to recognize pluralism in a way that does not posit an absolute moral relativism. Cobb's pluralism contends that at the heart of pluralism is the recognition that differences among beliefs are more often complementary that contradictory. The implications of a postmodern Christianity for cultural diversity, public education, gender and sexuality, the economy, race, and class are sketched in later chapters. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791451663
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2001
  • Series: SUNY Series in Constructive Postmodern Thought
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,299,787
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

John B. Cobb Jr. is Professor Emeritus, Claremont School of Theology and Claremont Graduate School, Co-Director of the Center for Process Studies, and Co-Founder of Mobilization for the Human Family. He is the author of many books, including The Earthist Challenge to Economism: A Theological Critique of the World Bank.

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Table of Contents

Series Introduction

1. Can Christians Contribute to the Postmodern World?

2. Religious Pluralism and Truth

3. Culture and Education

4. Gender and Sexuality

5. Nature, Community, and the Human Economy

6. Governance

7. Race and Class

8. Ethics and Pluralism

Note on Supporting Center
SUNY Series in Constructive Postmodern Thought

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